Should I kill spiders in my home? An Entomologist explains why you shouldn't
This is something that many people will have a hard time coming to terms with... DON'T KILL THE SPIDERS IN YOUR HOME!
The reason? Spiders are an essential part of the natural ecosystem and are an important part of maintaining a clean environment.
Most people like to assume their place of living is a safely guarded shelter from the rest of the outside world. However, there are several types of spiders that can make their ways indoors.
In general, all spiders provide some sort of service. Usually something like eating pests and even other spiders! The majority of spiders you will encounter in your home pose no threat to human life.
One of the most useful aspects of spiders is that they regularly catch pests and disease-carrying insects, such as mosquitoes for example.
Killing a spider doesn't just end the life of an innocent organism, it make actually be removing an important predator from the ecosystem of your home.
It's only natural to be afraid of spiders, so don't be ashamed. Their weird little legs and venomous bites can be terrifying. Even entomologists themselves can suffer from arachnophobia.
But don't forget, the majority of spiders have venom that is too weak to cause any issues in humans and their fangs are not usually capable of piercing human skin.
Here is a video from an arachnologist, who explains how she grew up horrified of spiders, but eventually ended up fascinated by them.
Still can't tolerate the sight of a spider? Instead of crushing the poor thing, try to capture it and release it outside. It will find a new home and everyone will be much happier.
This content was written under a Creative Commons license and inspired by Matt Bertone, the extension associate in Entomology, at the North Carolina State University and his article originally published on The Conversation.
You can read his original article here.
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